Tom Brady awaits NFL's decision on suspension appeal as hearing concludes

Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:10pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game National Football League suspension for participating in a scheme to deflate footballs concluded in a marathon hearing on Tuesday at NFL headquarters.

The two sides finished 11 hours after the start of the appeal heard by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that included an hour break for lunch.

"Tom was here until the bitter end," Players Association lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, who represented Brady, told reporters as he left the Park Avenue office tower.

"I think we put in a very compelling case."

Thursday had been set aside for a possible second day for the appeal, but was not needed.

Kessler said Commissioner Goodell gave no timetable for his decision.

Goodell, who approved the four-game ban, is the arbiter of the appeal by the New England Patriots quarterback. A league-hired investigator found that Brady had been aware of the plan.

The front and back entrances to the league's headquarters were crowded all day with TV cameras, reporters and fans with phone cameras at the ready for a glimpse of Brady, and satellite trucks lined up in front of the Park Avenue address.   Continued...

New England Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady arrives at NFL headquarters as people ask for autographs in New York June 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton